COURTS OF PARIS, NAPLES, ETC* 171 January zjth, 1797. At length I have received your packet, and make amende honorable to all the autorites constitu- tionnelles, whom I suspected of having so long intercepted our correspondence. The volume of letters before me will exceed my time to-day, and even to-morrow, to answer fully, because I must indulge in the pleasure of reading them over and over savourer their contents. Some parts are quite unintelligible to me, as I have no cipher or key; for example, I puzzle my brains in vain to comprehend who Justinia and her Methodist aunt are.1 I went to bed in despair, and lay awake I don't know how long without succeeding in finding it out, and am no wiser this morning. I dined yesterday with Perregaux, whose cordial kindness to me I am apt to acknowledge in every letter, and there met Talleyrand, ex- bishop of Autun, lately returned from America. We renewed acquaintance very well. He is a very pleasant man, though a diable boiteux. He is moving heaven and earth to get employed by the Directory. We had also my old friend St. Foix, i This was intended for Justin, the young Marquis de Talaru, and his uncle I'Ev&que de Coutances, who wished to be allowed to re-enter France from emigration.